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Master of Arts in Counseling

2010-2011 Graduate Professional Counseling Degree


Program

Student Handbook

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Our Program Mission
The mission of the Webster University graduate counseling degree program is to provide high
quality learning experiences that develop professional counselors who endeavor toward
individual excellence and enhancing the quality of life in local, national, and global societies.
We maintain a culturally diverse program with a base of faculty and students who master the
knowledge and skills to practice effectively in careers in mental health and human service
agencies, educational institutions, private practice and government, business and industrial
settings.

Our Program Philosophy: Our I.O. U. to Students.


This philosophy encompasses a program attitude and curriculum commitment to professional
Identity (I) as professional counselors; Oversight (O) of curriculum and field experience; and
Uniformity (U) through implementation of and adherence to one curriculum with the flexibility
to provide counselor education and supervision at various national and global campuses.
Through our I.O.U. to Students, we will continue to enhance the counseling program to provide a
counselor education and supervision experience that is global in approach while aligning with
individual state educational requirements and national professional standards.

Program Description
The MA in Counseling professional degree program is designed to prepare individuals for a
career in professional mental health counseling; marriage/couple, family, and child counseling;
school guidance and counseling, and community counseling. Note that not all emphases are
offered at all campuses. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary
knowledge, practice, and skills for working with individuals, couples, children, families, and
small groups in a variety of mental health settings.

Emphases Offered:
Not all areas of emphasis are offered at all campus locations. Students should verify
that the emphasis they seek is offered at the campus they select prior to
registration.

Professional Mental Health Counseling


The degree emphasis requires satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours of coursework. Some
states require completion of all core courses previous to internship. Note that successful
completion of program degree may exceed 60 credit hours for students requiring remedial
coursework in writing competency and or professional counseling skill development.

Required Core Subject Area Courses:


COUN 5020 Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship (Requisite Course)
COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development
COUN 5100 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
COUN 5140 Psychopharmacology
COUN 5150 Psychopathology
COUN 5200 Theories of Counseling
COUN 5220 Assessment
COUN 5230 Psychodiagnostics
COUN 5600 Techniques of Group Counseling
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COUN 5630 Substance Abuse Counseling
COUN 5700 Lifestyle and Career Development
COUN 5800 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
COUN 5850 Research and Evaluation
COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum (a minimum of 3 credit hours)
COUN 6500 Internship (total of 6 credit hours)

No school settings may be used for practicum or internship hours toward the Professional Mental
Health emphasis.

In addition to the required 16 core subject area courses listed above, students select up to four
electives from the counseling degree program curriculum to support necessary licensure
requirements and fulfill the 20 courses needed for the degree. Seek advisement for appropriate
selection of electives with the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Program
Academic Advisor when selecting elective courses. Also, please note that certain state licensure
laws do not allow for courses to be completed through Directed Studies or electronically
(online). The student should consult with the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling
Program Academic Advisor regarding this option.

Community Counseling
This degree emphasis requires satisfactory completion of 48 credit hours of coursework. Some
states require completion of all core courses previous to internship. Note that successful
completion of program degree may exceed 48 credit hours for students requiring remedial
coursework in writing competency and or professional counseling skill development.

Required Core Subject Area Courses:


COUN 5020 Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship
COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development
COUN 5100 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
COUN 5200 Theories of Counseling
COUN 5220 Assessment
COUN 5600 Techniques of Group Counseling
COUN 5700 Lifestyle and Career Development
COUN 5800 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
COUN 5850 Research and Evaluation
COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum (total of 3 hours)
COUN 6500 Internship (total of 6 hours)

In addition to the required 12 core subject area courses listed above, students select electives
from the counseling degree program curriculum to support necessary licensure requirements and
fulfill the 16 courses needed for the degree. Seek advisement for appropriate selection of
electives with the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Program Academic Advisor
when selecting elective courses. Also, please note that certain state licensure laws do not allow
for courses to be completed through Directed Studies or electronically (online).

School Counseling

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Note: this emphasis area is only approved for student participation in New Mexico and Florida.
No other Webster campus offers the school counseling emphasis at this time.

School counseling licensure or certification is determined by state departments of education.


Therefore, students are responsible for verifying this curriculum with their respective state
departments of education to insure that this curriculum meets their state's requirements.
The degree emphasis requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours of
coursework; students may have to complete extra coursework in Education (School of
Education) for emphasis/degree completion. Some states require completion of all core courses
previous to internship. Note that successful completion of program degree may exceed 48 credit
hours for students requiring remedial coursework in writing competency and or professional
counseling skill development.

Required Core Subject Area Courses:


COUN 5020 Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship (Requisite Course)
COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development
COUN 5100 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
COUN 5200 Theories of Counseling
COUN 5220 Assessment
COUN 5600 Techniques of Group Counseling
COUN 5680 Counseling in the School Setting
COUN 5685 Program Development for School Counselors
COUN 5700 Lifestyle and Career Development
COUN 5800 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
COUN 5820 Consultation and Supervision
COUN 5850 Research and Evaluation
COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum (total of 3 hours)
COUN 6500 Internship (total of 6 hours) in a school setting

In addition to the required 15 core subject area courses listed above, students select electives
from the counseling degree program and Education program curriculums to support the specific
area of emphasis and fulfill the 16 courses needed for the degree. Seek advisement for
appropriate selection of electives with the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling
Program Academic Advisor when selecting elective courses, as elective choices directly pertain
to the ability to gain licensure as a professional counselor and/or certification as a school
counselor. Also, please note that certain state licensure laws do not allow for courses to be
completed through Directed Studies or electronically (online).

Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling


The degree emphasis requires satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours of coursework. Some
states require completion of all core courses previous to internship. This degree emphasis is not
offered at all extended campuses. Please consult your local campus for information. Note that
successful completion of program may exceed 60 credit hours for students requiring remedial
coursework in writing competency and or professional counseling skill development.

Required Core Subject Area Courses:

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COUN 5020 Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship (Requisite Course)
COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development
COUN 5100 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
COUN 5140 Psychopharmacology
COUN 5150 Psychopathology
COUN 5200 Theories of Counseling
COUN 5220 Assessment
COUN 5230 Psychodiagnostics
COUN 5540 Family Systems Theory
COUN 5600 Techniques of Group Counseling
COUN 5640 Marriage and Family Counseling
COUN 5660 Sexual Counseling or COUN 5560 Human Sexuality
COUN 5700 Lifestyle and Career Development
COUN 5800 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
COUN 5850 Research and Evaluation
COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum (total of 3 credit hours)
COUN 6500 Internship (total of 6 credit hours)

No school settings may be used for practicum or internships toward the Marriage, Family and
Child Counseling emphasis.

In addition to the required 18 core subject area courses listed above, students select electives
from the counseling degree program curriculum to support necessary licensure requirements and
fulfill the 20 courses needed for the degree. Seek advisement for appropriate selection of
electives with the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Program Academic Advisor
when selecting elective courses, as electives will directly relate to the ability to gain licensure as
a professional counselor and/or a marriage and family (and child) counselor. Also, please note
that certain state licensure laws do not allow for courses to be completed through Directed
Studies or electronically (online).

Locations
United States
Albuquerque, NM
Brooks-City Base, TX
Charleston Metro, SC
Columbia Metro, SC
Fort Bliss, TX
Fort Bragg, NC
Greenville, SC
Irvine Metro, CA
Jacksonville Metro, FL
Kansas City Metro, MO
Lackland AFB, TX
Lakeland & Brandon Metro, FL
Louisville Metro, KY
Marymount/Webster Program, CA

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McConnell AFB, KS
Merritt Island/Space Coast, FL
Myrtle Beach, SC
North Orlando Metro, FL
Ocala Metro, FL
Palm Bay, FL
Pope AFB, NC
Rolla Metro, MO
Sarasota/Manatee Metro, FL
South Orlando Metro, FL
St. Louis Home Campus, Webster Groves
Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, FL

International
Geneva, Switzerland
Leiden, The Netherlands

Getting Started: Requirements for Webster Counseling degree and Preparation


Admissions Procedures for the Counseling Program
1. Completion of an online application by student
2. Strict adherence to the entrance GPA of 2.5 evidenced by official transcript from the
baccalaureate granting institution with rare exceptions and only as approved by the
worldwide counseling director.
3. Advancement to candidacy following completion of the initial 12 credit hours of
coursework with a B- or above
4. Conditional basis admissions for ESL students
5. Personal or group interview in which applicants discuss career goals, personal attributes
that make them a fit for the profession, and general interest in the field. This interview is
conducted by the Counseling Advisory Council, a committee consisting of the campus
director (or designee), counseling program coordinator, and a selected faculty member as
outlined summer 2007.
6. Completion of a typed, one page essay by the applicant regarding fit, background, and
career goals. This admissions procedure provides a measure of graduate writing
competency and is in line with measuring aptitude for graduate study (Lambie, Sias,
Davis, & Lawson, 2008) and with the goals of the College of Arts and Sciences.
7. Three letters of recommendation per applicant, one of which must be from a former
professor/instructor; ALL letters must be from professional sources and on professional
letterhead. No letters from friends and or relatives are accepted.
8. Student signed tear-out page of the new student handbook, which delineates commitment
to the rigors of the program and which is filed in the student’s file. This admissions
procedure aligns with measuring the applicant’s fit and commitment to the program and
aligns with professional standards and ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005).

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)

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The CPCE is a preparation exam and precursor to the National Counselor Exam. Hence, some
students choose to complete the CPCE in order to assess their knowledge in the eight core
content areas measured on the NCE. At this time, the CPCE is not required in the Webster
Counseling degree program. Students may register to take the CPCE through CCE at
www.nbcc.org .

*Transfer between WU campuses after completion of 15 credit hours


Students who choose to transfer between campuses prior to or as of completing 15 credit hours
may do so with no new procedures unless requested from the new campus. Students requesting
to transfer between campuses during or after the completion of the 6th counseling course are
required to do the following:
1. Retain two letters of reference from current Webster Counseling faculty who have
taught the student and provide these letters to the faculty supervisor of COUN 6000 or 6500 at
the new campus;
2) these letters are to address the student’s basic interpersonal and counseling skills, and
provide a professional statement regarding the student’s professional demeanor, openness to
supervision, and appropriateness for field experience; and
3) the student is required to make contact with the faculty/program coordinator at the new
campus to request a brief interview meeting with the coordinator and practicum and or internship
faculty supervisor(s) prior to relocation. It is the student’s responsibility to impress upon the
new faculty supervisor the student’s strong skill base and potential for field experience. Faculty
supervisors use their professional license to supervise a student in Practicum and or Internship;
Webster University cannot require a faculty to supervise a student. Hence, it is important that all
students evidence their best counseling AND interpersonal skills and show an openness to
supervision while enrolled in the WU professional counseling degree program.

This protocol helps to inform the faculty supervisor(s) at the new campus who use their
professional license to supervise the student; and to ensure our students are prepared for field
experience.

*This policy does not apply to students requesting transfer between Webster campuses that share
Counseling faculty (e.g., Orlando) as those faculty are aware of various students’ skills sets.

Professional and Academic Standing in the Program


Each counseling student will be evaluated on a regular basis throughout the program. Evaluation
occurs through a combination of professional judgment of students’ interpersonal and course
related counseling skills by individual faculty members per class (ACA, Code of Ethics, 2005)
and use of the Professional Skills Evaluation form (see Appendix A). The latter will be
implemented in various courses (required in COUN 5020, 5600, 5100, 6000, 6500; and any other
course an instructor selects) throughout the program; in those courses, the instructor will inform
the students in the beginning of coursework that the evaluation will be used. The evaluation will
be applied to all students in the particular course. Feedback will be provided by the instructor to
those students needing to evidence an increase in appropriate interpersonal and or course related
counseling skills development; practicum and internship instructors will provide feedback
regarding skills development on a regular basis to students in collaboration with the field
experience site supervisor. All skills evaluations will be filed in student files.

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Professional Commitment Statement
The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2001, 2005) and the Council for
Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (2001, 2008) require that
institutions providing counselor education screen students for professional and academic fit for
the profession of Counseling. Completion and graduation from the MA in Counseling
professional degree program requires: successful completion of all graduate courses with
appropriate academic success; being deemed fit for the counseling profession by relevant
instructors as determined by pertinent skill development, interpersonal relations with others in
the program, and openness to supervision as evaluated on the Professional Skills Evaluation; and
successful completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) with a
satisfactory passing grade. It is critical that applicants to the counseling degree program
understand that their successful completion/graduation from the program depends on
interpersonal and counseling skills development in addition to academic success and passing the
CPCE. Students' skills development, interpersonal skills with others in the program, openness to
supervision, and academic standing will be evaluated on a regular basis throughout the program.
Students may be required to complete extra coursework and or personal counseling in order to
maintain good standing in the program.

This degree is a professional degree that is regulated by the state licensure boards, the ACA
Code of Ethics (2001, 2005), and professional standards for the field of counselor education. As
such, students will be required to commit to the above mentioned academic and interpersonal
and counseling skills development through various coursework including a clinical field
experience lasting 3, 5, or 7 terms (depending on state), that may demand between 12 and 35
hours per week to equate to a total of 700 hours of clinical and supervised instruction. It is
imperative that students understand the time commitment, requirement of evidencing progressive
skills development and openness to supervision, and academic success (including passing of the
CPCE) as completion requirements to this degree.

It is highly recommended that students become involved in their local and or national
professional counseling organization for formation on professional identity and the provision of
additional learning, professional networking, leadership opportunities, professional liability
insurance and legal support; and financial, academic, and career resources.

It is toward your professional success in this program that you review and become familiar with
the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) found at the ACA website, www.counseling.org , prior to
beginning this program

Remediation for Student Success Process


The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2001, 2005) and the professional
standards delineated by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational
Programs (2001, 2008) require that all counselor education and preparation programs in good
standing provide for a remediation process for all counselor education students that includes
regular and ongoing evaluation of a student's general fit with the counseling profession as well as
academic success. Appraisal will occur with subjective and objective components for didactic
and clinical competencies, attention to ethical code, openness to supervision and self-awareness,

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and academic competency. Students may be required to meet with the campus Counseling
Advisory Committee if they are not able to demonstrate academic success, appropriate
interpersonal and or counseling skills development, and or resist clinical supervision. This
Committee will review the reasons for student lack of success and will interview relevant
instructors and the student to determine the most appropriate path for student success related to a
potential future in the Counseling profession. The most appropriate path may include but is not
limited to completion of extra coursework and or field experiences, completion of a writing
course, completion of and or participation in personal counseling, and or dismissal from the
counseling degree program prior to completion of the degree program. Hence, successful
completion of the MA in Counseling professional degree program may require additional
coursework beyond the stated number of degree credit hours (48 or 60) for those students
requiring remedial coursework and or personal counseling. Student openness to and cooperation
with the Advisory Committee will be integral to the student's continued success within the
program.

The current procedure for handling student remediation includes but is not limited to the
following.

Regular evaluation of students’ skills development at various intervals/courses throughout the


program.

Notification by a faculty member and or counseling related staff regarding inappropriate


behavior, unethical behavior, and or lack of academic success as related to skills development
and or written assessment, by a student while enrolled in and in the role of student within the
counseling program

Students in the MA in Counseling professional degree program are expected to participate in


self-growth and self-disclosure experiences in some coursework in the MA in Counseling
professional degree program as delineated by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005). While contents of
self-disclosure will not relate to lowered academic evaluations, contents of self-disclosure may
lead to requirement of professional help to address any personal concerns that may be affecting
development of competent counseling skills (ACA, 2005).

Student Handbook
All students admitted to the MA in Counseling professional degree program are required to
review and sign this MA in Counseling Student Handbook as a requirement of admission.
Students are required to sign the final page of the Handbook stating understanding of and
agreement with the personal and professional commitment to the MA in Counseling professional
degree program. This handbook is not exclusive of the university handbook found on the
university website. All conditions of the university student handbook also apply to all students
in the counseling degree and preparation program.

Background Check
Some states will not provide a professional counseling license to those with a failed background
check. If you have question regarding such, check with your state professional counseling
licensure board prior to applying to the MA in Counseling professional degree program.

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Students registering for the school counseling emphasis as of spring 1, 2010 may be required to
complete a background check at their own expense. See the Counseling Program Faculty
Coordinator/Advisor for further information. Also note that some field experience sites require
completion of a background check prior to commitment to the field experience separate from the
university. Background checks are at the expense of the student unless otherwise noted.

Also note, citizenship/authorized alien/immigrant status is now a prerequisite for a professional


license by an agency of a State or local government under Title 8 US Code Section 1621; and
conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere plea involving a crime involving drugs, moral
turpitude, or other criminal charges may prohibit licensure or employment as a professional
mental health counselor.

See the Counseling Faculty Coordinator/Advisor for more information.

Professional Liability Insurance


All students participating in Counseling field experiences must retain professional liability
insurance and proof of such prior to beginning their field experience. This professional liability
insurance is at the expense of the student and can be retained through HPSO (Health
Professionals Service Organization) found on the American Counseling Association's Web site,
www.counseling.org.

Path to Licensure
To attain licensure in professional Counseling; marriage and family therapy; and or certification
in school guidance and counseling graduates must complete further clinical training and or
passing of nationally normed, field-related examinations (NCE, PRAXIS) after completion of the
MA in Counseling professional degree. Required exam and or number of required clinical
supervised hours following degree completion is dependent on the state in which the graduate
pursues licensure. For delineation of individual state licensure (LPC and LMFT) and school
certification requirements consult the following Web sites:
http://www.counseling.org/Counselors/LicensureAndCert/TP/StateRequirements/CT2.aspx
http://www.aamft.org
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?pl=325&sl=133&contentid=242

Concept of Safety in Interpersonal Communications


In the interaction between class members, self-disclosure and personal examination will occur.
All interactions fall under the same umbrella of confidentiality as do client/counselor
relationships, i.e., what is discussed in the class stays in the class and is not discussed with other
students outside of the course or friends. Any violations of the ethical standards related to this
sense of confidentiality will be dealt with accordingly. Maintaining confidentiality is the
primary ethical principle of counselors. If a student fails to maintain the confidentiality of clients
or classmates, the student risks a failing grade in the course. In addition, the instructor will refer
the breach of confidentiality to the Counseling Advisory Committee for disciplinary action of the
student.

Review the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) found at www.counseling.org .

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We will be learning from each other in addition to related readings and assignments throughout
the semester. Therefore, it is important that everyone feels safe, comfortable, and free to discuss
and elaborate on their thoughts around their developing knowledge and skills. In class, it is
important for each of us to be respectful of one another’s positions; relating to others in an
empathic manner occurs in class just as with clients. You are encouraged to make your feelings
and thoughts known, yet, to do so in a “counselor manner”, i.e., respecting the position of
listener while giving voice to your thoughts and using your budding counselor attending skills.
This is an opportunity for you to practice and evidence your basic skills of empathy, warmth,
genuineness, and congruence by communicating in a manner consistent with a good counselor.
The building of trusting alliances with your classmates is as important as doing so with your
clients. Therefore, you will be practicing some of the same skills when participating in class as
in counseling sessions with your clients one day.

Further, openness to supervision and instruction by the instructor can become an issue for some
students and is, therefore, emphasized here. Openness to supervision is defined as: accepting
supervision—both individual and in class; recognizing your own personal strengths, weaknesses,
biases, needs, and beliefs and agreeing to adapt them to fit the profession; sensing personal and
professional impact on others, both positive and negative; accepting and applying feedback from
the instructor; seeking out needed experiences, feedback, etc., in a proactive way; and accepting
feedback in a non-defensive manner with a professional attitude.

Students who do not evidence openness to supervision and or appropriate interpersonal skills are
subject to remediation by the Counseling Advisory Committee at the campus. See the student
handbook and or catalog for further detail.

ACA Code of Ethics (2005)

Counselors-in-training have a responsibility to understand and follow the ACA Code of


Ethics (2005) and adhere to applicable laws, regulatory policies, and rules and policies
governing professional staff behavior at the agency or placement setting. Students have
the same obligation to clients as those required of professional counselors(S ee C.1.,
H.1.).

and….

Students participating in the MA in Counseling professional degree program are


required to “understand and follow the ACA Code of Ethics and adhere to applicable
laws, regulatory policies, and rules and policies governing professional staff behavior at
the agency or placement setting. Students have the same obligation to clients and those
required of professional counselors.” (ACA, 2005). See code of E F.7.a.1-7.

INFORMED CONSENT-general
In compliance with the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (2005) regarding
counselor training, and because the counseling degree program at Webster University is a
clinical training program as well as a graduate degree program, admission to this program
indicates that an admitted student agrees to self-disclosure of some personal information in

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papers, journals, discussions and other assignments for the purposes of self-reflection and
awareness and improvement of interpersonal skills. You will not be required to disclose
personal information that you are not comfortable with disclosing. However, self-awareness is
key to becoming a competent counselor and self-awareness does not occur without self-
reflection. All students are recommended to pursue personal counseling, at the student’s
expense, when personal issues interfere with success within the program. Supervisors and
instructors are bound by professional ethics to prohibit students who are not a fit for the
profession from graduating from a counseling degree program. Therefore, it is to the student’s
best interest to maintain personal mental health while in the program and practicing in the
profession or seek necessary counseling.

Cell Phones
Turn off all cell phones during class unless otherwise advised by the instructor.

Academic Integrity
All of your work in class must be original to you and to that class. You are expected to explore,
analyze, and discuss the ideas of others, but you must give them proper credit through citations
and references. You may continue to explore an area of interest, but you must do new or
additional research and writing.

Recycling papers from other coursework is not acceptable.

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010),


plagiarism involves presenting the work of another as if it were your own work. It is very
important that you give appropriate credit to others when you use their work. If you paraphrase
someone else’s work, you must also give them credit with a citation.

All students are expected to know what constitutes plagiarism and to avoid committing
plagiarism in their written work. Plagiarism will not be excused by ignorance on the student’s
part. If you believe that you do not have a clear understanding of plagiarism, see your instructor
immediately and before any written work is turned in.

APA Style
Most written projects are required to be written in APA style found in the Publication Manual
of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010); your instructor will inform
you regarding those assignments that are to be written in APA style. APA style is taught in order
to assist counselors in training in writing in the accepted format for publication in professional
peer reviewed journals. Use of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association will assist in developing your paper per APA style format. There are also multiple
websites that assist in typical format concerns and a website within Webster that teaches APA
style (see Academic Resource Center).

Course Attendance
The University reserves the right to drop students who do not attend class the first two weeks of
the term/semester. Absences will result in a significant loss of learning, which will not be
recouped through borrowing a classmate's notes. Students are expected to attend all class

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sessions of every course. This is graduate school--It is expected that you will come to class
having completed the reading assignments and will ask questions and participate in all activities
and will write at a graduate level. You may also be asked to self-disclose in a training
environment.

The student is subject to appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup
work, or for excessive or unexcused absences. See Grading for further information.
Written competency

Grading
The grading of most counseling degree courses has a subjective component to it based upon the
professional experience of the instructor. The Counseling faculty recognize that counseling
skills and counselor effectiveness cannot be assessed in the same manner as academic
performance in typical university coursework. Students should demonstrate marked progress
toward course objectives as noted as well as write cohesively and coherently. Your final grade in
each course will reflect not only your academic performance based on reading and writing
assignments but also your counseling and interpersonal skill development as evaluated by the
instructor and related to your final grade. For example, it is possible to excel on written
assignments and receive a final grade less than an A or B. Thus, all grades will reflect a
combination of objective and subjective assessment.

Note that writing competency is important in graduate school. The grade penalty is heavy for
lack of simple proofing of grammar and spelling on assignments. As a graduate student and
counselor in training, you have a responsibility to the profession and those you will be
representing/counseling to write professionally. Take this task seriously and consult the Webster
Academic Resource Center for assistance when necessary.

Practicum and Internship are graded on a Credit (C) or No Credit(NC) format


Be aware that the grade of NC acts as an F on the student record and in the system, in that it will
force a student into probationary status (which can affect financial aid) and can cause program
dismissal if the student has a history of poor grades.

The optimal approach regarding grading for field experience courses includes the faculty
supervisor and student working pro-actively with the site supervisor to ensure the student meets
the required course hours. If, by the 5th week of term, it looks as though the student will not
meet the clinical hours requirement by the end of the term, it is recommended that the student
withdraw from the course by the 6th week deadline. This withdrawal will prevent the student
from receiving an incomplete or an NC, either of which could lead to complications for those
students with poor grade histories and for the site instructor of record. The student should
register for the course for the next term in which the student can accomplish the hours. If a
student withdraws from a field experience course, all accrued hours are lost. Hence, it is
important that students take a proactive stance regarding their hours before the course
begins as well as during the course, and not register for a field experience course if they are not
able to complete the clinical hours requirement or the field experience site supervisor is not
confident the hours can be provided.

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Information and Document Link for Counseling students and adjunct faculty The
following link provides necessary COUN document forms and various professional counseling
links for prospective and current students and adjunct faculty
(www.webster.edu/depts./artsci/CounselingProject/counselingdocuments.htm ) .

Documents are updated periodically; hence, they should download documents and syllabi each
new term in which the documents are used. Listed syllabi are subject to additions by the
instructor.

Professional Identity Commitment


As a professional counselor in training, you have a responsibility to the profession of
professional counseling to adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) and, when possible, to
participate in local and or national professional counseling organizations. Often, student
membership in counseling organizations is at a substantially reduced rate and may be free in
some states. Professional organizations provide opportunities for networking and job search,
research, and continuing education.

See the following useful addresses for participation in professional organizations.

For national professional organizational membership and involvement, go to:


www.counseling.org for American Counseling Association
www.amcha.org for American Mental Health Counseling Association
www.nbcc.org for National Board of Certified Counselors

For local professional organizational membership and participation, look for your state mental
health counseling organization (mental health counselors/counseling association) and your state
ACA organization (see www.counseling.org).

For state licensing requirements contact


http://www.counseling.org/Counselors/LicensureAndCert/TP/StateRequirements/CT2.aspx

Student Orientation
All students will participate in a student orientation. This orientation may be provided in the
Foundations course (COUN 5020) or as a separate experience, depending on the particular
campus. The orientation will cover introduction to the program and faculty, expectations of
students, path to licensure in your state, student retention policy explaining procedures for
student remediation and/or dismissal from the program, and other items your faculty choose to
present.

University Academic Appeal Policy


Academic Warning, Probation, and Dismissal
Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum B grade average to remain in good
academic standing. The graduate student has a responsibility to demonstrate the ability to
complete graduate-level coursework, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly. If the
student receives grades of C, F, or ZF, the following conditions prevail:
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Before Advancement to Candidacy (within first 12 credit hours of the program)
Probation Before Advancement—A student who receives a C grade is on probation.
Dismissal Before Advancement—A student who receives two C grades, an F, or a ZF is
dismissed. A special status student who receives one grade of C or below is dismissed, without
further right to appeal for reinstatement.

After Advancement to Candidacy (after successfully completing first 12 credit hours of the
program)
Academic Warning—A student who has been advanced to candidacy and receives one grade of
C is sent a notice of academic warning.
Probation After Advancement—A student who receives one grade of F or ZF or two grades of C
is placed on probation. The student is deemed to be on probation as soon as the grade which
results in probation is submitted.
Students will receive formal written notice of probation by the Office of Academic Affairs in St.
Louis. Students on probation are expected to limit their enrollment to one course (3 credit hours)
per term.

Webster University employs academic advisors to assist in dealing with academic problems and
student concerns. The student should make every effort to determine the circumstances that have
led to inadequate performance. Students on academic probation should normally enroll in only
one course per term. The academic advisor should be consulted when the academic performance
of the student is inadequate.

The Counseling program also employs a Remediation for Student Success protocol overseen by
the Counseling Advisory Committee at each campus. See REMEDIATION FOR STUDENT
SUCCESS PROCESS.

Dismissal After Advancement—A student who receives a grade of C and a grade of F or ZF, or
two grades of F or ZF, or three grades of C is automatically dismissed from the University. The
student is deemed to be dismissed as soon as the grade which results in dismissal is submitted.
Students will receive formal written notice from the Office of Academic Affairs in St. Louis.
Students who are dismissed cannot enroll or attend classes unless and until they are reinstated or
readmitted pursuant to relevant policies. Dismissal from a graduate program is dismissal from
Webster University. The University also reserves the right to dismiss students who continuously
withdraw from coursework and do not make satisfactory academic progress.

Students can also be dismissed from the program for violations of United States criminal codes.
Any conduct that is detrimental to the school and/or other students will result in the termination
of educational benefits from the Veterans’ Administration.

Reinstatement
The student may send a written appeal for reinstatement to the Graduate Council in care of the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The student must send the appeal stating the
basis for his or her request for reinstatement no sooner than one term following the dismissal but
within one year following the issuance of the last grade that resulted in the dismissal. The student

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is responsible for providing a complete and accurate statement describing the circumstances that
contributed to his or her poor academic performance. Campus or program directors and faculty
may provide recommendation to the Graduate Council as to whether or not a student should be
reinstated. If the Graduate Council rejects the reinstatement appeal, the former student may apply
for readmission after one calendar year. Consult the Graduate Catalog for further details.

Readmission
A student may send a written appeal stating the basis for his or her request for readmission to the
Graduate Council in care of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. A student
must send the appeal no sooner than one year and no longer than two years following the
issuance of the last grade that qualified the student for dismissal, or after a reinstatement appeal
was denied by the Graduate Council. The student is responsible for providing a complete and
accurate statement describing the circumstances that contributed to his or her poor academic
performance.
Two types of dismissal situations that might create grounds for readmission are: 1) a student has
a generally good graduate record at Webster University but experiences a work or personal
problem that leads to poor performance; or 2) a student’s background is weak in a specific area,
e.g., accounting, that leads to poor performance in courses in that area or a related area, e.g.,
finance.

In the case of a past work or personal problem, the student should submit information or
documentation that indicates the nature of the original problem and how it has been resolved. In
the case of a weak background in a specific area, the student should demonstrate the attainment
of the necessary knowledge and/or skills to do graduate work at Webster University, such as
successful completion of remedial work in the problem area. In either instance, the student might
demonstrate the ability to do graduate work by voluntarily taking a standardized test such as the
GMAT.

Counseling students will be required to meet with the counseling program coordinator prior to
any readmission or reinstatement to the Counseling degree program.

Course Transfer
A total of twelve (12) credit hours may be accepted toward the MA In Counseling from a
graduate counseling program at a university with acceptable accreditation (see Catalog for
definition of accredited). Transfers involving core course substitutions will only be accepted
from CACREP accredited graduate counseling programs; all transferred credit will be for
elective courses unless the courses are from a CACREP accredited institution (accredited at the
time the transferee attended the program). No more than two core course substitutions will be
accepted.

Enrollment in non counseling courses during program enrollment


Participation and enrollment in the professional counseling degree program takes personal and
professional commitment. For this reason, Counseling students are required to receive written
permission from the worldwide director of counseling to register for courses outside of the
counseling program while enrolled in the program. This is not encouraged.

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Clinical Field Experience
Your clinical field experience consists of one term in COUN 6000, Practicum and 6 credit hours
in COUN 6500, Internship. Practicum is your introduction to clinical experience wherein you
will conduct basic and some advanced clinical work at your practicum site including client
contact, case conceptualization, personal theory identification, introduction to (case) note
keeping and crisis intervention (assessment of client self harm or harm of others). Internship is
the capstone clinical experience wherein you will conduct activities typical of a practicing
counselor including but not limited to client contact, treatment planning and case
conceptualization, (case) note keeping, documentation, crisis intervention, intake, referral, and
termination.

Practicum Requirements
• 90 minutes of weekly group supervision utilizing observation of students’ skills
development (live or taped)
• 60 minutes of weekly individual or triadic supervision with site supervisor or faculty
utilizing observation of students’ skills development (live or taped)
• Bi weekly communications between course instructor and site supervisor with written
documentation of skills development
• Weekly written evaluation and documentation of counseling skills development,
openness to supervision, professional identity development, academic development, and
general fit for profession as evidenced by development of counseling related skills,
interpersonal skills with all others in the counseling program, advocacy for the field.
• 40 direct/100 total clinical hours
• Maintaining Weekly Activity Logs
• Observation of student skills development
• Regular evaluation and documentation of student skills development

Internship requirements
• Observation of student skills development
• Regular evaluation and documentation of student skills development
• 90 minutes of weekly group supervision utilizing observation of students’ skills
development (live or taped) and written evaluations of skills development by instructor
• 60 minutes of weekly individual or triadic supervision with site supervisor or faculty
utilizing observation of students’ skills development (live or taped) and written
evaluations of skills development by site supervisor
• Bi weekly communications between course instructor and site supervisor with written
documentation of skills development
• Weekly written evaluation and documentation of counseling skills development,
openness to supervision, professional identity development, academic development, and
general fit for profession as evidenced by development of counseling related skills,
interpersonal skills with all others in the counseling program, advocacy for the field.
• 240 direct/600 total clinical hours
• Participation in facilitation of group counseling
• Maintaining Weekly Activity Logs
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Extending COUN 6500, Internship, to four, 1.5 credit hour terms. The internship can be
completed in 4 terms of 1.5 credit hours each during which students will complete 600 total
hours (240 direct hours) of internship. While this is the recommended structure for internship,
students may opt to register for 2 terms of 3 credit hours each for the completion of the total 600
hours of internship. However, grades of Incomplete will no longer be accepted except in unusual
circumstances. Incompletes place the student, affiliated instructors, campus, institution, and
program at high risk due to lack of appropriate supervision. Incompletes will require approval
and signature of the supervising instructor, campus counseling coordinator, and worldwide
counseling director and a strong reason.

Note that there are only 240 direct hours for our 600 hour internship. This is key. Students are
required to be face to face with clients for 240 direct hours in their internship, which equates to
approximately 60 hours per 9 week term for those pursuing 6500 over 4 terms; and 120 direct
hours per 9 week term for those pursuing 6500 over 2 terms. Also, some portion of those 240
hours are required to be in group work.

Documentation:
Students are responsible for maintaining copies of weekly activity logs, course syllabi, and
evaluations for various state licensure requirements. It is recommended that you maintain these
copies indeterminately as you will need to provide the documents when you apply for licensure.
Also, if you relocate to a different state and you choose to practice and apply for licensure in that
state, you will likely have to supply copies of your weekly activity logs, course syllabi, and
evaluations for state licensure requirements in that state also. Therefore, MAINTAIN COPIES
OF THESE DOCUMENTS IN A SAFE LOCATION INDETERMINANTLY.

The NBCC has developed a filing system wherein they will maintain your documents for a fee
and will forward copies of your documents to those states to which you may relocate. See
www.nbcc.org for more information.

Advising
Students in the counseling degree program are required to seek advising from their counseling
academic/faculty advisor at various times throughout their program. Students will receive an
initial advising appointment to organize the student’s program plan. Students are required to
make advising appointments to prepare for field experience far in advance of the actual
experience (see your Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Academic/faculty Advisors
for timing) and other advising appointments as necessary to stay organized in the program.
Advising appointments are the responsibility of the student and are required to occur in relation
to the field experience components and other needs. Some campuses teaching the Counseling
degree program require the student meet for regularly scheduled advising appointments.

University Policies Statement


As stated, all Webster University policies and procedures apply to students in the counseling
degree program in addition to those specific to this Handbook. For a detailed description of
University Policies, consult the Webster University graduate catalog.

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Statement Regarding Specialized Program Accreditation
The MA in Counseling at Webster University is not accredited by the Council on Accreditation
for Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). Students are responsible for
understanding the educational requirements for state licensure in the state in which they reside.
Some states require CACREP accreditation of degree program for licensure. Students are
encouraged to seek advisement for outstanding questions.

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Appendix A
Webster University
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Professional Counseling Degree Program

Professional Skills Evaluation


Student Name ________________________________________ Today’s
Date_______________

Course #/Title ______________________________ Term _____________

Name of Instructor/Supervisor completing this form _______________________

Instructor, complete the following evaluation on each student using the scale to the
right where: 1 equals Low, the student counselor lacks competence in this
area; 2 equals Low Average, the student counselor evidences some
competence but needs improvement; 3 equals Average, the student
counselor evidences adequate competence; 4 equals High Average,
student counselor’s performance is more than adequate in this area; 5
equals High, the student counselor performs extremely well in this area;
and NA, student counselor evidence of the skill was not required for this
course. This evaluation is to be completed at the midterm and end term.
Students showing deficient skills necessary for the above named course(score of 1-
2) require a personal meeting with the instructor at midterm and or end term to
discuss results and recommended next steps. (Copies of this form to be placed in
student file in administrative office of campus. Original to be provided to student)
CL=client; CN=counselor; hx=history; dx=diagnosis; tx=treatment

Basic Counseling Skills (competency evidenced in skills selected 1 2 3 4 5 NA


by Foundations of Counseling/5020 instructor; competency in
most by completion of Group/COUN 5600; competency by
completion of Practicum/6000)

Demonstrates empathy in all professional relationships

Demonstrates unconditional positive regard in CL relationship

Demonstrates development of therapeutic alliance with CL

Demonstrates appropriate body language with CL including eye


contact, body position, and distance from CL, taking into
consideration social and cultural norms of the CL
Demonstrates facial expressions congruent with language

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Tone is appropriate for counselor role

Demonstrates respect for and acceptance of the CL 1 2 3 4 5 NA

Is collaborative with CL as evidenced through verbal and body


language
Communicates trust and safety with the CL

Can hear CL comments in a non defensive manner

Avoids double questions

Maintains focus on CL issue as appropriate

Asks open ended questions

Summarizes periodically

Avoids answering the question for the CL

Can label the CL’s feeling(s) whether verbalized or not

Demonstrates ability to assess for suicidal ideation

Demonstrates ability to assess for homicidal ideation

Understands the differences between sexual, physical, verbal,


emotional, and elderly abuse
Demonstrates ability to assess for sexual, physical, verbal,
emotional, and elderly abuse
Knowledge of relationship between diagnosis and treatment

Understands the concept of informed consent and uses regularly with


CLs
Understands the concept of confidentiality and demonstrates
appropriate use of confidentiality statements with CLs
Understands the concept of referral

Has demonstrated referral of a CL

Understands the concept of termination

Has demonstrated use of termination

Maintains CL focus in session

Uses silence appropriately (knows when to break)

Paraphrases accurately 1 2 3 4 5 NA

Reflects CL content

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Reflects CL content with emotion

Demonstrates awareness of own personal biases

Demonstrates awareness of own racial identity level

Demonstrates awareness of own values

Advanced Counseling Skills (beginning competency in 1 2 3 4 5 NA


Practicum/6000; evidences competency in most by completion of
Internship/6500)
Confronts CLs with incongruities in a professional and appropriate
manner
Encourages transition of session content to outside functioning

Interrupts appropriately

Reflects CL content with emotion and underlying meaning

Can label the CL’s values whether verbalized or not

Understands the concept of and practices within ones level of


competence
Understands the differences between personal and professional
boundaries and demonstrates appropriate use of boundaries in
interpersonal interactions
Understands appropriate application of treatment related to chemical
addiction
Evidences knowledge of the relationship between medications and
treatment
Demonstrates understanding of difference between crisis, disaster,
and trauma counseling
Demonstrates appropriate application of systems theory when
working within an obvious system (family, couple, group)
Demonstrates application of one theory or no more than integration
of two theories in internship experience
Demonstrates ability to integrate selected theory with practice

Is aware of effect on others

Understands systems theory 1 2 3 4 5 NA

Is aware of how CNs values impact therapy outcome

Is aware of how others’ cultural differences impact CN’s approach


and language

Demonstrates professional comfort with the topic of sex

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Demonstrates professional comfort with the topic of abuse, physical,
sexual and verbal
Self-discloses appropriately

Demonstrates ability to assess for CL cultural and social


implications on presenting issues

Professional Ethics and Manner (evidences competency in most 1 2 3 4 5 NA


by completion of Professional Ethics/5800; evidences competency
in all by completion of Internship/6500)
Participates every week in class discussions and activities

Demonstrates professionalism in discussions of conflict or concern


related to the counseling program
Demonstrates manner consistent with a CN when managing conflict
or concern in the program
Participates in professional organizations in seminars, workshops,
and or other activities that contribute to personal and professional
growth.
Can label CN’s professional identification

Demonstrates empathy in all professional relationships

Application of ACA Code of Ethics

Awareness of Social and Cultural Issues (evidences awareness by 1 3 4 5 NA


Foundations/5020; evidences initial competency by Social and 2
Cultural, 5100 and Group Techs/5600; evidences competency by
completion of Internship/6500)
Demonstrates awareness of CN’s own values

Demonstrates awareness of how CNs values impact therapy outcome

Demonstrates awareness of personal biases

Demonstrates awareness of effect on others

Demonstrates sensitivity to differences without prejudice; and


understands impact of prejudice
Demonstrates awareness of own racial identity level 1 2 3 4 5 NA

Demonstrates ability to assess for CL cultural and social


implications on presenting issues
Demonstrates ability to label CL cultural and social implications on
presenting issues
Demonstrates awareness of the ways others’ cultural differences
impact therapeutic approach and session content
Demonstrates appropriate self-disclosure

Planning and In-session time (evidences some competency by 1 2 4 5 NA


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completion of Practicum/6000; evidences competency in all by 3
completion of Internship/ 6500)
Demonstrates appropriate use of theory in relation to case
conceptualization skills
Demonstrates appropriate use of client time in therapeutic manner

Ability to develop measurable treatment goals

Can develop treatment goals

Can implement treatment plan

Can delineate selected theory according to basic tenets, CN role,


how change occurs, therapeutic strategy, tools/techniques, human
nature, goals of treatment, strengths and limitations of the theory,
and multicultural critiques of the theory
Conceptualizes a client case in relation to chosen theory

Demonstrates application of one theory in case conceptualization


while in Practicum experience
Demonstrates awareness of social and cultural issues

Can make an accurate DSM diagnosis when appropriate

Can implement a professional intake interview including


psychosocial history and mental status examination
Self growth and awareness (evidences initial awareness and 1 2 3 4 5 NA
practice in Foundations/5020 and Group/5600; evidences
competency by completion of Internship/6500)
Understands the concept of and evidences regular practice of self
care
Is aware of effect on others

Understands the differences between personal and professional


boundaries
Appropriate use of boundaries in interpersonal interactions 1 2 3 4 5 NA

Clinical Supervision (evidences awareness and some competency 1 2 4 5 NA


by Group 5600; evidences competency by completion of 3
Practicum/6000)
Takes feedback non defensively

Responds to instructor in manner consistent with that of a CN

Is aware of affect on peers and instructor when responding or


providing feedback
Provides feedback to peers in a manner consistent with that of a CN

Comprehends supervisory feedback and integrates it into next CL


session
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Self confidence is congruent with developing skill level

Overall skill with specific client subgroups (evidences 1 2 4 5 NA


competency by completion of Internship/6500) 3

Ability to conduct individual counseling

Ability to conduct co therapy

Ability to conduct group therapy (as facilitator)

Ability to conduct family counseling

Ability to conduct couples and marriage counseling

Ability to conduct counseling with minors

Experience with diverse clientele

Experience with depth of CL issues

Experience with referral and or termination

Counselor in Training Strengths:

Areas that need more attention for this Counselor in Training:

Recommendation(s) of Supervisor completing this form:


Adapted from Cristiani & George, 1995; Bernard & Goodyear, 2004; CACREP, 2008;Engles, Minton, &
Ray, 2009; NBCC; & Wong & Wong, 2003.

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Contact Information
Counseling Program Coordinator (Name): ___________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________ Email: __________________________________

Counseling Program Advisor: _____________________________________________________


Phone: ______________________________ Email: ___________________________________

Campus Director (Name): ________________________________________________________


Phone: ______________________________ Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Faculty (Name): _______________________________________________________________


Email: ___________________________________

Student Colleague (Name): _______________________________________________________


Phone: ____________________________________Email: _____________________________

Student Colleague (Name): _______________________________________________________


Phone: ____________________________________Email: _____________________________

Student Colleague (Name): _______________________________________________________


Phone: ____________________________________Email: _____________________________

Student Colleague (Name): _______________________________________________________


Phone: ____________________________________Email: _____________________________

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Student Acknowledgement
(Sign this document and give to the instructor of your first counseling course or turn into
office)

I, _____________________________, student at Webster University in pursuit of MA in


Counseling degree acknowledge that I have read and understand the contents of the MA in
Counseling Student Handbook. By signing in the space provided below, I agree to abide by the
practices as described herein while enrolled in and participating in the program; I agree to
contact the counseling program coordinator at the Webster campus at which I am enrolled should
I have difficulties within the program including with students, faculty, and or staff; I agree to
adhere to and abide by the professional ACA Code of Ethics (2005) for professional counselors
while enrolled as a student with the graduate professional counseling degree program at Webster
University; I agree to openness to supervision and transparency in my practices as a counselor in
training while enrolled as a student with Webster University.

Please sign, print your name, date, and return to your instructor or counseling program
coordinator within the first two week of classes.

__________________________________ ___________________________
____________
Student Signature Please Print Name Date

Given to (Instructor): _______________________________________ on (date): ____________

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Professional development

Core counseling faculty

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